Britney Spears asks fans to respect their privacy after police social scrutiny: ‘Things went a little too far’
Britney Spears says things got ‘too much’ after fans called the police at her home. (Photo: FilmMagic)
Britney Spears has broken her silence two days after the police were called to her home for a social check by concerned fans. In a statement on Thursday, the 41-year-old singer asked fans and the media to respect her privacy.
“I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was violated,” Spears wrote, saying the police responded to “some prank calls.”
“The police never entered my house and when they got to my door they quickly realized that there was no problem and left immediately,” continued the pop star. “I felt like I was being set on fire and being bullied as the incident made the news and was once again portrayed in a bad and unfair light by the media. During this time in my life, I really hope that the public and my fans, which I am, care enough that I can respect my privacy. Love, B.”
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office went to Spears’ home in Thousand Oaks, California, Tuesday night as some fans seemed concerned for their safety. Concern arose among her loyal followers after the Instagram account of the “Toxic” singer went missing. Before deactivating her account, Spears reportedly said in a now-deleted post, “I changed my name to River Red.” Some people believe it was a code word for help.
Spears’ Instagram has worried some in recent weeks. The social media posts clashed with a TMZ report that alleged the entertainer acted erratically at a restaurant. The gossip site released a video saying that Spears spoke freely and her husband Sam Asghari ran away. Asghari vehemently denied that a “manic episode” occurred, telling TMZ. An employee at the restaurant also apparently told a fan account that the report was inaccurate.
Spears was removed from her conservatory in 2021 after claiming she suffered from conservatory abuse. The singer’s fans were instrumental in orchestrating the #FreeBritney movement, which gained global attention amid her battle with Jamie Spears’ father.